Teacher, Pre-K & Kindergarten
She began as an after school teacher and went on to become the kindergarten teacher. Katie has been on the Wilkinson staff for 11 years. While working at Wilkinson, Katie fell in love with roller skating and began playing competitive roller derby. She took a teaching hiatus for a few years and played roller derby all over the world, everywhere from Paris to Montreal. She loves to inspire children to find their passion just as she found hers.
When Katie is not teaching you can find her shopping at the farmers market or on her skates at the skatepark. She also loves reading a good book and snuggling her cat.
Teacher, 1st & 2nd Grade
She has a genuine love of young children and knew from an early age that she would most likely become a teacher. She enjoys introducing students to plant and animal life through various activities and encourages children to lead a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.
Jessica was born in San Francisco and raised primarily in the nearby town of Pacifica, California. She began her education at the age of three at the Children’s School in Park Pacifica. She later went back to volunteer at the school as a sixth grader and ultimately began her career there in early education at the age of 22. She graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and later the University of San Francisco. Jessica taught young children in both Pacifica and Millbrae for nine years before becoming the kindergarten teacher at St. Cornelius School in Richmond, California. She left the St. Cornelius community after five years to have her baby girl and then joined the Wilkinson staff.
Jessica lives in Moss Beach with her 4-year-old daughter, Emma, whom she adores. You will often see Miss Jessica out and about taking Emma on bike or scooter rides down to the marine reserve nearby. In her free time, she loves visiting her extended family in Hawaii and enjoying outdoor activities, especially water skiing and snow skiing.
Teacher, 3rd & 4th Grade
Focusing on shaping a humanitarian career, she loved fostering curiosity, compassion, and confidence in students. She believes that people who had wonderful mentors in their lives will grow up to become a wonderful mentor to someone else.
Addie is originally from Arlington, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Graphic Design and continued studying at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, graduating with a MFA in Web Design and New Media. She loves all things art and her spare time is filled with drawing, painting, sewing, quilting, printmaking, knitting, playing music and anything else that seems fun!
Narnia: After School Manager and Teaching Assistant
Norma has a deep affection for children, which shows in the relationships she has with her students. She feels it is important to teach little ones basic life skills so they can thrive.
Originally from Alisco, Mexico, she then moved to Half Moon Bay, where she started an in-home daycare. Norma is happily married and has two children, Angie and Diego. She refers to them as her sun and moon. Her favorite pastimes are listening to instrumental music and cooking with her kids.
Valerie grew up on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland which inspired her love of environmental sciences and inspiring others to love them too. She attended The University of Chicago and Indiana University studying climate change and had the opportunity to participate in a number of amazing geology field courses. She went on to earn a PhD in microbiology and moved to CA as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. After a career hiatus to raise her family, she has embarked upon a new learning journey into education. As an active volunteer within a number of youth organizations, she is inspired by the natural curiosity and energy of young learners and seeks a role in nurturing their entrèe into scientific inquiry.
When not at Wilkinson, Valerie is likely out and about the coastside with her three sons or flipping through a cookbook in a hopeless attempt to improve her cooking skills.
Head of School
Kristin has enjoyed working with students with learning differences since 2004 and created a blog called Demystify Dyslexia to support families with understanding LD. She has taught at Charles Armstrong School and eventually started a private practice working one on one with students with dyslexia.
While in Juneau, AK she met her husband, and they moved to San Francisco in 2004. They now have two children. When she is not teaching you might find her on a spin bike at the Y or hiking in the woods. My family loves to camp, mountain bike, ski, and travel in the summer. She loves working at Wilkinson and is happy to be part of this special community!
Dunia’s work experience and expertise range from operations, research and analysis to community education and engagement.
Dunia was most drawn to Wilkinson’s traditional practice of community-driven learning and place-based learning. Dunia joined the team post-pandemic at the end of March 2020 and is committed to creating a safe and enjoyable space for all Wilkinson students. Dunia is excited to kick off what is sure to be a memorable school year and catch any curve balls thrown our way. Dunia lives in San Mateo and loves that her drive to work includes Ocean, Mountains and Clouds (and that she sometimes gets to touch all 3 in one day).
Communications & Programs Lead & Teacher, Garden Science
IKatherine recently moved to the Bay Area and since growing up in New England, she is excited to spend time on the west coast! She previously taught forest preschool in Vermont, and cooking and nutrition classes to high school students in DownEast Maine. She is excited to rebuild the Wilkinson School garden and form sustainable communicative relationships with all! She has also coordinated events and donor development for non-profits, along with logistics and communications for small, sustainable businesses. Katherine brings a passion for educating children and a warmth to engage the community. She is so excited to spend time in her outdoor classroom!